One of the best parts about visiting the big city is seeing some of the Iconic New York City Buildings that make the skyline of the Big Apple so recognizable. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably seen a lot of the famous buildings that are sprinkled throughout the city in movies or television shows – a fun phenomenon that will make seeing them in person that much more enjoyable.
Although they exist because of a terrible event, there are a few relatively new additions to the downtown New York City skyline that are definitely worth seeing. The first tower to be rebuilt at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center replaced the existing building of the same name that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Nearby 4 World Trade Center was designed by architects Maki and Associates in order to “assume an understated, reverent position” opposite the World Trade Center memorial. Both of these buildings are just a short walk away from where you can catch the Statue of Liberty Ferry, which is not a bad idea if you are in that part of town.
If you do go on the Statue of Liberty Ferry, there is one more thing you have to see on the way back uptown. Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center recently surpassed the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York City. The 104-story structure topped out in August 2012 at a symbolic 1,776 feet and should be fully completed in early 2014.
Even though it is no longer the tallest, the Empire State Building is still a great place to visit. As one of the most recognizable skyscrapers on the planet from the outside, the observatory deck on the inside of the ESB is a sight to behold in its own right. From the 1,250-foot-tall observatory deck, visitors to the Empire State Building can take in unique views of the city that are impossible to get anywhere else.
Head a little bit farther north and you’ll find the Bank of America Tower at 115 West 42nd Street. Although it isn’t the tallest Iconic New York City Building (1,200 feet), the BOA tower is extremely recognizable and its prime location near Bryant Park means that tourists and New Yorkers alike have become very familiar with it.
Another building that both of those groups are probably acquainted with is Rockefeller Plaza’s famous “30 Rock” building. An attraction at the building’s peak, Top of the Rock, is another place to see the city in all its glory. With 360-degree panoramic views, three observation levels and no time limits, Top of the Rock is certainly worth checking out.
Two other Iconic New York City Buildings that are known for what’s inside them rather than how they look are the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pay them a visit and you’ll see why!